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Example of how to use Instana with the Splunk platform?

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Does anyone have examples of how to use Splunk to use Instana with the Splunk platform?

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The Splunk Product Best Practices team helped produce this response. Read more about example use cases in the Splunk Platform Use Cases manual.

For more information on this and other examples, download the free Splunk Essentials for Infrastructure Troubleshooting and Monitoring app on Splunkbase.

Application support engineers can use the machine learning capabilities of the Splunk platform with their Instana Application Performance Monitoring (APM) data for infrastructure troubleshooting. Use the Splunk platform to trend past performance and predict future application response times, error rates, and end-user experience. Correlate your APM data with the data from load balancers, network and infrastructure components, content delivery networks, cloud providers, and other resources from a single console to reduce the time to resolution for application issues.

Use of Instana is outside the scope of this answer, but you can find more information on the Instana website.

Load data

How to implement: This example use case depends on data from application errors, application metrics, application usage data, operating system errors, operating system metrics, microservices metrics, network metrics, and APM metrics.

The app and add-on in this answer are not Splunk-supported, but are available for download from Splunkbase as an open-source tool.

Follow the documentation to install and configure the Instana Add-on for Splunk from Splunkbase and to provide your Instana API key. This integration includes support for the Splunk ITSI Module for Application Performance Monitoring, available on Splunkbase. Use this module to access pre-packaged ITSI key performance indicators (KPIs) from APM tools and get an overview of the health of your applications. To access a comprehensive set of visualizations, you can install the Instana App for Splunk from Splunkbase.

Best practice: For all of the data inputs, specify a desired target index to provide a more sustainable practice for data access controls and retention models. By default, Splunk collects the data in the default index named main.

Get insights

Find the average error rate based on past performance to predict future application usage.

Run the following search.

index=* sourcetype="instana:metrics" 
| stats avg(data.avg_error_rate) AS "ErrorRate" BY _time, name, type
| timechart avg("ErrorRate") AS "Error Rate"
| predict future_timespan=30 "Error Rate"

Best practice: In searches, replace the asterisk in index=* with the name of the index that contains the data. By default, Splunk stores data in the main index. Therefore, index=* becomes index=main. Use the OR operator to specify one or multiple indexes to search. For example, index=main OR index=security. See About managing indexes and How indexing works in Splunk docs for details.

Help

If no results appear, it may be because the add-ons were not deployed to the search heads, so the needed tags and fields are not defined. Deploy the add-ons to the search heads to access the needed tags and fields. See About installing Splunk add-ons in the Splunk Add-ons manual.

For troubleshooting tips that you can apply to all add-ons, see Troubleshoot add-ons in the Splunk Add-ons manual.

For more support, post a question to the Splunk Answers community.

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The Splunk Product Best Practices team helped produce this response. Read more about example use cases in the Splunk Platform Use Cases manual.

For more information on this and other examples, download the free Splunk Essentials for Infrastructure Troubleshooting and Monitoring app on Splunkbase.

Application support engineers can use the machine learning capabilities of the Splunk platform with their Instana Application Performance Monitoring (APM) data for infrastructure troubleshooting. Use the Splunk platform to trend past performance and predict future application response times, error rates, and end-user experience. Correlate your APM data with the data from load balancers, network and infrastructure components, content delivery networks, cloud providers, and other resources from a single console to reduce the time to resolution for application issues.

Use of Instana is outside the scope of this answer, but you can find more information on the Instana website.

Load data

How to implement: This example use case depends on data from application errors, application metrics, application usage data, operating system errors, operating system metrics, microservices metrics, network metrics, and APM metrics.

The app and add-on in this answer are not Splunk-supported, but are available for download from Splunkbase as an open-source tool.

Follow the documentation to install and configure the Instana Add-on for Splunk from Splunkbase and to provide your Instana API key. This integration includes support for the Splunk ITSI Module for Application Performance Monitoring, available on Splunkbase. Use this module to access pre-packaged ITSI key performance indicators (KPIs) from APM tools and get an overview of the health of your applications. To access a comprehensive set of visualizations, you can install the Instana App for Splunk from Splunkbase.

Best practice: For all of the data inputs, specify a desired target index to provide a more sustainable practice for data access controls and retention models. By default, Splunk collects the data in the default index named main.

Get insights

Find the average error rate based on past performance to predict future application usage.

Run the following search.

index=* sourcetype="instana:metrics" 
| stats avg(data.avg_error_rate) AS "ErrorRate" BY _time, name, type
| timechart avg("ErrorRate") AS "Error Rate"
| predict future_timespan=30 "Error Rate"

Best practice: In searches, replace the asterisk in index=* with the name of the index that contains the data. By default, Splunk stores data in the main index. Therefore, index=* becomes index=main. Use the OR operator to specify one or multiple indexes to search. For example, index=main OR index=security. See About managing indexes and How indexing works in Splunk docs for details.

Help

If no results appear, it may be because the add-ons were not deployed to the search heads, so the needed tags and fields are not defined. Deploy the add-ons to the search heads to access the needed tags and fields. See About installing Splunk add-ons in the Splunk Add-ons manual.

For troubleshooting tips that you can apply to all add-ons, see Troubleshoot add-ons in the Splunk Add-ons manual.

For more support, post a question to the Splunk Answers community.

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